March 2, 1902
To: Inez Eaton
From: Dora Beach, Mesick, Michigan
Writes about various family members; wasn’t sure if Inez knew about the birth of her son, Arthur Raymond Beach. They are building their own house and hope to move soon. Is glad that Inez has a good husband.
Mesick March 2nd 1902
It has been a long time since I wrote to you. I believe it was in June. I directed it to Bloomingdale. You grandma answered it. You had gone than. I don’t know as you received it. You didn’t know I had a baby boy six months old. He weighs 20 lb. His grandpa & ma think he is all right. We received your letter and picture. Was very much pleased with them. Pa got them. Addie and Nanie have both been sick in fact there is lots of sickness.
Irving & Shirley have been here today. The children are all nice. I think lots of them. Did you since you were married. The baby name is Arthur Raymond. We had a letter from Aunt Deal Randall. She said Alice (Simpson) Srackangast the one you were named after had the consumption and couldn’t last longer than spring. She was one of your mama’s greatest friend. She lives in Benton Harbor.
Ira has been quite poorly with the Lagrippe better now. Pa he has been laid up for three weeks. He sliped (on loading ice) and fell and struck one of his kidneys. We have a fine lot of ice put up so you must be sure and come on the excursion next fall and eat ice cream.
March 16 Dear Niece
This letter has now been commenced two weeks and have tryed every since to finish. The baby is now seven months old and he always has been a great care.
I haven’t heard from any one south in a good while. It makes me almost home sick at times. We are building our own place and soon expect to be by ourselves. We will only be a mile & a half apart so if any of us are sick we can get to one others assistance.
Where is Glen and does Herbert still live in Charlotte & where does Leon live. I think you have told me but have forgotten now. I am glad you have got such a good husband for every one always has trouble enough in one way or another at the best. Just look in you Grandpa Randalls & Keiths family in sickness & deaths.
Do you know how you Grandpas folks are. I would enjoy a visit with them. Well I will close with love to you both. I remain your affectionate Aunt Dora Beach.
Ira will write some.
 Mary Ann (Batey) Keith
 Arthur Raymond Beach was born August 14, 1901 in Mesick, Wexford County, Michigan
 Her parents, Russell & Sarah (Williams) Randall
 Adelaide (Beach) Randall, Inez’s stepmother, who was also Dora’s sister-in-law
 Adelaide’s baby daughter, Naneta Randall, who was Inez’s stepsister
 A note was inserted saying “could be Inez stepbrother.” Her stepbrothers’ names were Walter Irving and Shirley Zell Randall
 Unknown at this time; research continues
 Inez’s middle name was Alice
 According to Michigan death records, she died February 17, 1903
 Catherine “Katie” (Keith) Randall. She died when Inez was just two years old
 Believe she is referring to her brother, Ira Randall, who was Inez’s father, but not sure why she would refer to him by name rather than “your father”
 Inez’s maternal uncles, Glenn Noah, John Herbert and James Leon Keith
 Inez married Jay Eaton on May 29, 1901
 Inez’s paternal grandparents, Russell & Sarah (Williams) Randall
 Inez’s maternal grandparents, James “Oscar” & Mary Ann (Batey) Keith
 Of Oscar & Mary Ann’s six children, their oldest, Jessie, died at the age of 22; their second oldest, Katie (Inez’s mother), died of consumption at the age of 20; and their third oldest, Harvey, was murdered at the age of 22